Turkish forces shell posts of Russian, Syrian armies in Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria (North Press) – Turkish artillery targeted on Saturday the vicinity of a Russian military post in Aleppo northern countryside with three shells.

A military source told North Press that the Turkish forces fired on three shells on the vicinity of the Russian post in the village of Tel Ajjar in the northern countryside of Aleppo, northern Syria.

At the same time, the Turkish forces, stationing in Basselhaya village in the same area, fired dozens of shells on Syrian government forces’ posts in the village of Ibbin.

Hours earlier, the Turkish forces and their affiliated armed opposition factions, also known as Syrian National Army (SNA), targeted the villages of Kafr Anton and Shawargha, north of Aleppo, with dozens of artillery shells, according to an eyewitness.

Also, two shells fell on the vicinity of Tel Qarah village and five others on the vicinity of Herbel village, according to another source.

The Turkish forces have expanded their shelling of the vicinity of the Russian military base near Faisal Mill area, according to a military source. 

The Turkish forces then shelled the highway between the town of Tel Rifaat and Azaz city in the northern countryside of Aleppo with one shell, according to an eyewitness who was on site at the moment the shell fell.

According to another witness, a Turkish shell landed on Deir Jamal road. 

The northern countryside of Aleppo governorate, also known as Shahba region, houses IDPs of the Kurdish city of Afrin which was occupied in 2018 by Turkey following a military operation called “Olive Branch” to push away the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) under the pretext of protecting Turkey’s “national security”.

The operation caused the displacement of about 300.000 of the original inhabitants of the Kurds of Afrin who have been taking shelter in 40 villages and five camps in Shahba region since then.

There are about 16.000 displaced families from Afrin distributed over 42 villages and towns in Shahba region, in addition to 1.870 families, comprising 7.500 individuals, now living in the camps of Barkhodan, Sardam, Afrin, al-Awda, and Shahba, according to the Social Affairs and Labor Board of the Afrin region, currently operating in Aleppo northern countryside.

The area has been militarily protected by Russian and Syrian government forces since 2018. 

Reporting by Rahaf Youssef